Thống Nhất Stadium

Thống Nhất Stadium (lit. Unification Stadium) (Vietnamese: Sân vận động Thống Nhất), formerly Cộng Hoà Stadium ( Vietnamese: Sân vận động Cộng Hoà ) is a multi-purpose stadium in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.[2] It is located at 138 Đào Duy Từ Street, Ward 6, District 10. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium for Ho Chi Minh City FC of the V.League 1. The stadium has a capacity of 14,400.[3]

Thống Nhất Stadium
Sân vận động Thống Nhất
Thống Nhất Stadium during the 2022 AFC Champions League
Full nameThống Nhất Sports Center
Former namesRenault Field (1929–1960)
Cộng Hòa Stadium (1960–1975)
LocationDistrict 10, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
OwnerVietnamese Government
OperatorHo Chi Minh City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism
Field size100 by 68 metres (109.4 yd × 74.4 yd)
Broke ground1929
OpenedOctober 18, 1931
Renovated1967–1968, 2002–2003, 2005–2007, 2017–2019
Expanded1959–1960, 1990s
Ho Chi Minh City
Saigon FC (2016-2023)
Vietnam national football team (Selected matches)
Vietnam women's national football team

History edit

Early years edit

In 1929, Chợ Lớn Municipal Commission decided to build a new stadium in the city. The stadium was named Renault Field after the city commission's chairman at the time - Philippe Oreste Renault. The stadium was opened on October 18, 1931 by an inauguration football match between Cho Lon Police and Gia Dinh Stars with the Cho Lon side taking a 1-0 win. In its early day, the stadium only consisted of one 20-step spectators' stand, which was covered by a reinforced cement roof.[4]

1955 – 1975 edit

From 1959 to October 1960, new stands and a lighting system were added to the stadium while the main stand was expanded. This expansion increased the capacity of the stadium to 30,000 people. The stadium was then also renamed to Cộng Hòa Stadium ("Republic Stadium"). It was renovated again in 1967.

Between 1955 and 1975, the site had witnessed a number of major sporting events including an over-capacity 30,000 strong crowd to watch the elimination football match between South Vietnam and South Korea leading up to the 1964 Summer Olympics.[5] The Merdeka Cup gold trophy, won by South Vietnam in 1966, was kept at the stadium. Its whereabouts are not known after the Fall of Saigon.[6]

During the Vietnam War, the stadium was also the scene of terrorist attacks by the Vietcong. Explosives detonated on October 4, 1965 killed 11 and injured 42 others.[7][8]

Post-1975 edit

On September 2, 1975, the stadium was renamed Thống Nhất Stadium ("Reunification Stadium") after a football match between Hải Quan F.C. and Ngân Hàng F.C. took place.

The stadium has been home to Hồ Chí Minh City F.C. (formerly known as Saigon Port F.C.) since the club's formation in 1975. Between 1995 and 2002, it was also the home ground to Hồ Chí Minh City Police F.C.

In 2002, renovation was done to prepare the stadium to host Group B men's football matches at the 2003 Southeast Asian Games.[9] It was usually home to Vietnam national football team alongside Hàng Đẫy Stadium in Hanoi until 2003 when Mỹ Đình National Stadium was completed.

In 2016, Sài Gòn F.C. selected Thong Nhat as the home stadium for their first season in V.League 1.

Until 2017, the stadium has a capacity of 19,450 people.[10] Since then, the stadium has been renovated in phases. In the first phase, the A1 and A2 sections of the main stand were repainted and a new 1500-lux floodlight system was installed in the last quarter of 2017. In 2018, the playing field was redone and more than 6,700 seats were added to the B, C and D stands. This reduced the capacity of the stadium to approximately 15,000 people.[1] In 2019, existing seats in stand A will be replaced while new seats will be added to the east and west wings of the stand (A4 and A5).[11]

To prepare for the 2026 Vietnam National Games, grandstand B will be completely renovated, which will add 4,500 seats and bring the total capacity of the stadium to 19,000. The renovation is expected to cost 149 billion VND (US$6.1 million). [1]

Usage edit

The stadium has hosted various domestic and international sporting and entertainment events throughout its history. Some of the most events are listed below

Football edit

Athletics edit

Concerts edit

External links edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "Chi tiền tỷ sửa SVĐ tại Việt Nam". Archived from the original on 2024-02-08.
  2. ^ "India plays out 1-1 draw with Singapore in Hung Thinh tournament opener". Sportstar. 24 September 2022. Retrieved 24 September 2022.
  3. ^ Đức Nguyễn. "Sân Thống Nhất được lắp đèn mới, cải tạo mặt cỏ". Bóng đá Plus (in Vietnamese). Archived from the original on 4 July 2019. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Từ sân Renault đến sân Thống Nhất". Sai Gon Giai Phong. 2013-10-18. Retrieved 2018-07-22.
  5. ^ South Korean International Matches Archived 2014-01-02 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Ngã rẽ của ông Weigang và số phận chiếc Cúp Vô địch" [Mr. Weigang's turn and the fate of the championship trophy]. Tuổi Trẻ (in Vietnamese). 2005-11-10. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  7. ^ "Người khai hỏa giữa nội đô Sài Gòn" [The bomber in the center of Saigon]. Tuổi Trẻ. 2010-04-17. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  8. ^ "A Study of the Use of Terror by the Vietcong" (PDF). p. 14. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-10-11. Retrieved 2012-03-09.
  9. ^ "Hơn 23 tỉ đồng nâng cấp SVĐ Thống Nhất". Nguoi Lao Dong (in Vietnamese). 2001-12-18. Retrieved 2018-07-22.
  10. ^ "Giới thiệu tổng quát TT TDTT Thống Nhất". Thong Nhat Sports Center (in Vietnamese). 2015-02-08. Retrieved 2018-07-22.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Thực hư chuyện đội bóng của Công Vinh tu sửa, nâng cấp sân Thống Nhất". VNBongDa (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 2018-07-22.
Preceded by AFC Women's Asian Cup
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Preceded by AFC Women's Asian Cup
Host Venue

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